Meet all the endorsed Ocean Decade Actions

Ocean Tracking Network

Ocean Tracking Network, Dalhousie University - Canada

All Ocean Basins, Expand the Global Ocean Observing System, Project, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, Skills, knowledge and technology for all

The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) global partnership draws on regional networks (e.g., those of S. 12, plus others including the Gulf of Mexico (iTAG) and South America (MigraMar)) and participants from academia, government, non-governmental, industry, Indigenous groups and local stakeholders.

The OTN will work to develop the scientific infrastructure and data systems needed for researchers to co-design studies to track the movements, survival, distributions, habitat use and migration pathways of valued marine animals critical to food security and socioeconomic wellbeing in coastal communities.

Data generated is curated and distributed according to partner-accredited data policies, FAIR principles, and respecting Indigenous ownership rights using our internationally accredited data system (Associate Data Unit of the IOC’s International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange). Knowledge generated is communicated to help inform policy development, management decisions and to empower all stakeholders.

The European Tracking Network (ETN) is a key partner of the Ocean Tracking Network Project.

This Project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Marine Life 2030

Start date: 01/01/2021
End date: 31/12/2030

Lead Contact: Frederick Whoriskey (